Literacy and Numeracy


Literacy
At The Basin PS Literacy is taught in a two hour block each day. During this time the three Victorian Curriculum modes of Reading & Viewing, Writing and Speaking & Listening are covered.

Students participate during these programs, in whole class, small group or individual tasks. Our differentiated approach, as well as a clear focus on learning intentions and success criteria, allows students to progress on a purposeful and engaging pathway along the learning continuum in targeted learning programs.

To support our Reading program all classes utilise the a range of strategies to develop the students comprehension, accuracy,  fluency and critical thinking skills with various strategies being implemented at different levels. Students are also fostered to develop a passion for reading.

We have also expanded the role of our Literacy support, developing a successful “Reading Lab” which engages selected students from P-6 in targeted learning to build their skills and performance. This program provides short daily sessions for small groups of students and is run by trained staff to provide additional support to these students.

We have introduced the Writer's Workshop model to teach writing. Students use 'seeds' to develop their ideas and are encouraged to to utilise a range of strategies in their writing.

Speaking & Listening involves the development and demonstration of knowledge about appropriate oral language for particular audiences and occasions, including body language and voice. It also involves the development of active-listening strategies and an understanding of the conventions of different spoken texts. In Speaking & Listening we offer a variety of opportunities for students to develop their skills and to speak in front of small groups, their class, year level and at school assemblies.

Julie Shepherd is a classroom based educational consultant and Literacy coach who has worked at our school for many years. In her role, she works alongside teachers: planning, modelling strategies; and acting as mentor and critical friend. Julie has been a consistent influence over time, assisting us to maintain best-practise teaching and a focused whole school approach.

Our programs are also supported by Reading Eggs, which is accessible to students at school and home.

 

Numeracy
At The Basin Primary School, Numeracy is taught in a one hour block each day. During this time the three Victorian Curriculum modes of Number & Algebra, Measurement & Geometry and Statistics & Probability are covered. Students participate in whole class, small group or on individual tasks. Our differentiated approach, as well as a clear focus on learning intentions and success criteria, allows students to progress, in a purposeful and engaging path, along the learning continuum in targeted learning programs.

Michael Ymer, Rob Vingerhoets and George Booker are among educational consultants in Mathematics who have worked at our school over many years. They have worked with and alongside teachers - planning, modelling strategies and implementing the curriculum. They have assisted us to maintain best-practise teaching and a focused whole school approach.

Our programs are also supported by Top 10 Maths and Mathletics, which is accessible to students at school and home.